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College Work Study

otjunior1otjunior1 Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
edited June 2013 in College Confidential Cafe
Hey everyone. I'm interested in joining a college work study program when I enter my freshman year and I was just wondering exactly how it works. I realize that you work to help pay tuition costs but what happens when you have made the amount of funds sufficient to pay off your tuition. Are you let go? Can you still make personal money to keep for yourself during the work study jobs? And are changes fairly high of being accepted into a program like that?

All help is appreciated and all are welcome. Thank you.
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Replies to: College Work Study

  • mellorunnermellorunner Registered User Posts: 78 Junior Member
    I've done work study for the last 3 years and plan to continue for the next two (unless some secretly rich uncle kicks the bucket), so I can give some insight into how it works (at least at my school). Here it is pretty much just an on-campus job. You apply, get hired, work, get a paycheck. Where I am we have some options in how we get our pay. You can select to have a percentage of each paycheck charged to your student account (some people send the whole check into the student account) to directly pay off your school costs. If you earn more than you need the school just cuts you a check at the end of the semester, or you can credit it forward to your next semesters bill. You can also have part or all of your check given to you as a live check or sent to your bank through direct deposit (I have my whole check sent through direct deposit, then set up my own payment plan through the school. It's a control thing for me, I want my money to come to me, then I'll pay it out. Plus this way I have access to money in case something comes up. I make sure to work more than I need to pay for the semester so that I also have some spending money).

    Hope that helps.
  • comfortablycurtcomfortablycurt Registered User Posts: 2,182 Senior Member
    I've been doing work study for about a year now. I just get paychecks, my pay isn't credited to my student account or anything like that. Usually you FAFSA information will determine how much work study one is eligible for. You can work until you earn that given amount for the semester. However, I have NEVER heard of anyone going over their allotted work study funding amount. The amount I've been approved for is significantly higher than any amount I could ever actually make in a semester, unless I was working like 40 hours a week as a work study...lol... Usually it's capped at around 12-15 hours a week in my experience.
  • otjunior1otjunior1 Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    Thank you. That's exactly what I wanted to know.
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